The Giant Clam (Tridacna gigas) is the largest living mollusk, averaging about 4 feet across and weighing over 400 pounds. With a lifespan of over 100 years, these massive bivalves have been on earth since the early Miocene era (about 20 million years ago). Due to extensive fishing (for food and the aquarium trade), their status is currently listed as "Vulnerable." Ancient mariners have told legends about them being man-eaters (almost certainly false), so I took some artistic license juxtaposing the shell of one exceptionally gigantic specimen and another maritime legend, the mermaid. Incidentally, one of the largest pearls ever found weighed over 75 pounds and was produced by the giant clam. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Wet clay model